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Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner ta Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious.


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Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner ta Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious.

30 review for Sweetness and Lightning, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    A sweet story about a widower trying to learn to cook for his little daughter. The food sounds super tasty! I want somebody to cook for me. :(

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    "Amaama" to Inazuma" or "Sweetness and Lightning" is a story of a young widower who wants to give a better life to his young daughter, even if it's as simple as a warm, homecooked meal. The first volume has the indicators of this being a cute and sweet series, but be wary of the young daughter who can give you an emotional sucker punch to the feels. "Amaama" to Inazuma" or "Sweetness and Lightning" is a story of a young widower who wants to give a better life to his young daughter, even if it's as simple as a warm, homecooked meal. The first volume has the indicators of this being a cute and sweet series, but be wary of the young daughter who can give you an emotional sucker punch to the feels.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    3.5/5 I got the first volume of Sweetness & Lightning out of a LootCrate. It sat on my shelf for years. Looking for some toilet reading I grabbed it recently dusted it off. The lead is a widower and single father who has been feeding his daughter instant meals and take out since his wife passed away until meeting a teenage student from the school he teaches at. The student, a high school girl, is also lonely because her mother is working all of the time and she's home alone all the time. The tri 3.5/5 I got the first volume of Sweetness & Lightning out of a LootCrate. It sat on my shelf for years. Looking for some toilet reading I grabbed it recently dusted it off. The lead is a widower and single father who has been feeding his daughter instant meals and take out since his wife passed away until meeting a teenage student from the school he teaches at. The student, a high school girl, is also lonely because her mother is working all of the time and she's home alone all the time. The trio have a chance meeting and start cooking together. The story is a nice slice of life manga with a lot of heart warming laughs. I enjoyed it well enough but I'm not sure I would see it through to the end, twelve volumes later. However if you're looking for some sweet easy reading you could do worse. I think I would prefer a little heavier drama personally; though I probably haven't given it enough of a shot yet to make much of a judgement.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I was hoping this was going to be similar Yotsuba&! as a single father and his daughter bond while learning to cook. While it is slice of life and has some warm and fuzzy daddy/daughter moments, this actually seems to be another of those yucky teacher/student romances that seem so common in manga. The widowed teacher is learning to cook for his daughter with a girl he randomly meets in a park but who turns out to be in his high school classroom. The teenage girl is lonely and has an absent mothe I was hoping this was going to be similar Yotsuba&! as a single father and his daughter bond while learning to cook. While it is slice of life and has some warm and fuzzy daddy/daughter moments, this actually seems to be another of those yucky teacher/student romances that seem so common in manga. The widowed teacher is learning to cook for his daughter with a girl he randomly meets in a park but who turns out to be in his high school classroom. The teenage girl is lonely and has an absent mother who doesn't seem to know or care about the time her daughter is spending in this older man's home. It's very slow and will probably get creepier as it progresses, but I have a couple more volumes on hand from the library, so I'll see how it goes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    This manga is getting an anime, so I thought I would check it out if the story (and the characters) were any good before the anime is starting. And it was quite good, a bit boring, a bit bland, but still fun. Though I do worry about which route the story will be taking. What is the worry? In the beginning Kotori is just a friend, a student of our MC, but as the story progresses you see that change, at least for Kotori. And I am worried how this will end. The MC is a teacher, she is his student, This manga is getting an anime, so I thought I would check it out if the story (and the characters) were any good before the anime is starting. And it was quite good, a bit boring, a bit bland, but still fun. Though I do worry about which route the story will be taking. What is the worry? In the beginning Kotori is just a friend, a student of our MC, but as the story progresses you see that change, at least for Kotori. And I am worried how this will end. The MC is a teacher, she is his student, I wouldn't want to have a romance in this manga, it would complicate the easy-going story with unnecessary problems. I was also a bit worried about the kid, I have read several manga with kids and often I am just annoyed to death because the kids just don't seem to get basic manners, or they are just plain annoying. Thankfully Tsumugi is a sweet kid who cares a lot about her father, she misses her mother (which just pulls my heartstrings so much whenever she says the word Mommy). She also loves food, and it was just so much fun to see her enjoy her (and also Kotori's) food. This book is a bit like Usagi Drop (though without all the drama) and one of those food anime (like Koufuku Graffiti). The focus switches between caring for Tsumugi and making lots of delicious looking foods. The chapters end with a recipe, which is so much fun as this way you can participate/make your own food as well. The art is really gorgeous, I just love all the details, I love how the characters are drawn, and then that food. Dayum. <3 I am not sure if I will continue the manga, but I will certainly check out the anime. I can't wait to see this animated. Hopefully they will do it right. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ken Yuen

    Another manga that's secretly a recipe/food manga. The father and daughter are affable enough, even if the father feels like an empty, everyman protagonist. Tsumugi is cute. The story's true focus is on the heroine Kotori. She's one of the dad's students, and through circumstances, Kotori ends up helping to take care of Tsumugi through cooking. I'm not too sure what to make of Kotori. Her mother is never around, but it seems like she's just busy rather than grossly neglectful. Kotori seems consta Another manga that's secretly a recipe/food manga. The father and daughter are affable enough, even if the father feels like an empty, everyman protagonist. Tsumugi is cute. The story's true focus is on the heroine Kotori. She's one of the dad's students, and through circumstances, Kotori ends up helping to take care of Tsumugi through cooking. I'm not too sure what to make of Kotori. Her mother is never around, but it seems like she's just busy rather than grossly neglectful. Kotori seems constantly lonely, but in the last chapter, we meet one of her friends, who's just been conveniently absent all this time. I just dunno how I'd feel if it turns out to be a story about a teacher who has a relationship with one of his students. I wonder what the title means. At first, I thought it'd be a pun on the protagonists' names, but Iida to Inazuma (thunder) is kind of a stretch. I know Tsumugi means "to weave". It's an enjoyable slice of life story so far. Edit: I'll say one thing, Kotori has really big, well-defined eyes that are pretty.

  7. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    A cute story of a single father trying to raise his kid while one of his students asks him for help cooking. So basically it's a cooking slice of life drama. It's cute, fun, and the characters are all well done. My main issue is how long can we go with this plotline? Every chapter is basically just a cooking lesson with some drama here or there. Also, the girl seems to like the teacher, which can turn into something weird. I might check out more later but for now I'ma give this a 3 out of 5. A cute story of a single father trying to raise his kid while one of his students asks him for help cooking. So basically it's a cooking slice of life drama. It's cute, fun, and the characters are all well done. My main issue is how long can we go with this plotline? Every chapter is basically just a cooking lesson with some drama here or there. Also, the girl seems to like the teacher, which can turn into something weird. I might check out more later but for now I'ma give this a 3 out of 5.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Evans

    Phew, this book is so sweet it’s likely to give you cavities (though fortunately not so lightning it will cause your pacemaker to explode). Single parent with shockingly (oops) adorable young daughter (seriously, Tsumugi is a really great child character) finds himself cooking with a young girl whose mother is a minor celebrity who is never around. It’s got a lot of great cooking scenes throughout - this is a cooking manga through and through, except nobody knows how yet and they come together as Phew, this book is so sweet it’s likely to give you cavities (though fortunately not so lightning it will cause your pacemaker to explode). Single parent with shockingly (oops) adorable young daughter (seriously, Tsumugi is a really great child character) finds himself cooking with a young girl whose mother is a minor celebrity who is never around. It’s got a lot of great cooking scenes throughout - this is a cooking manga through and through, except nobody knows how yet and they come together as they learn. There are also a pile of great character beats and good art and it’s all very heartwarming. Right now there is only the vaguest whiff of romance in the air, though it’s very much kept (for now) to a potential schoolgirl crush. Since Inuzuka himself doesn’t appear at all interested and he’s a teacher at the teenage girl’s school, that’s really okay with me (I’m not saying the story can’t pull it off, but that is a very difficult needle to thread, narratively speaking). Despite a heartwarming denouement, I didn’t love the picnic chapter either - you can tell where it’s going from the first beat and it gets a bizarre assist from what can only be described as deus ex cumulonimbus. Still, it’s only one minor knock against a very solid work. Even the little touches are really charming - I love how Iida, the teenager, is constantly eating at school for some reason - it reinforces how much of this story revolves around the joy of eating (you could also argue that given how bored and perfunctory the act looks for her compared to her joy at cooking with Inuzaka that it also emphasizes how food is at its best when it brings people together). This whole thing has a big heart and if you’re a sucker for stories about finding a family that you’re not related to by blood, like I am, this is a really strong start for a series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    2.5 Stars This was a cute, but largely forgettable story. I usually loving food related manga, but I was disappointed by this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josephine (biblioseph)

    Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious. I really love slice-of-life manga, especially those that tend toward humor and revolve around food Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious. I really love slice-of-life manga, especially those that tend toward humor and revolve around food. This was such an unexpected delight. I’m currently hopeful about the story arc, but I’ve been burned before, so let’s say I’m being reasonable. Sweetness & Lightning is a seinen, slice-of-life series about a recently widowed father and his young daughter. In his struggle to feed her well, he meets a student of his at her family's restaurant and they begin an adventure of learning how to cook. It's sweet, having moments of humor and heartache. The picture below features a conversation the junior math teacher has with his student about making breakfast, since they aren't really supposed to meet up outside school, they have this conversation back-to-back by an open window. So much appeals to me about this. Young widower wants to take care of his daughter, and when the opportunity presents itself to eat at a Homestyle restaurant he jumps. Then it seems he is on the verge of impropriety, spending time with a student, both of them learning how to cook, almost as equals, but he makes a decisions that not only help his daughter, but begins healing himself. We don't really spend time on his grief, but the death of his wife is recent and I think it's already becoming a new normal for him. Her death was probably not sudden, but this first volume doesn’t go into it. I almost want to be annoyed at the fact that the girl started developing a crush on her teacher halfway through the book, only a few months or a few chapters into their relationship as cooking adepts, but I’m hopeful about how this play out. We’ll see. Pages: 184 Year: 26 July 2016  (6 September 2013) Publisher: Kodansha Comics Read: 5 October 2017 Stars: 4.5 (adored it)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ulfa

    Finished reading: 4/5⭐ | Vol 1-12 This is one of the manga with a very warm and cozy feels within. And definitely screaming food-porn. I finished reading all of the volumes in one weekend because it's very comfortable to read. So comfortable that I don't wanna stop reading. I will live in the story if I could. And I love how characters in Amaama to Inazuma are actually growing up and getting older. We start with a widower in his late 20s with his daughter (named Tsumugi) age around 3 or 4 years old Finished reading: 4/5⭐ | Vol 1-12 This is one of the manga with a very warm and cozy feels within. And definitely screaming food-porn. I finished reading all of the volumes in one weekend because it's very comfortable to read. So comfortable that I don't wanna stop reading. I will live in the story if I could. And I love how characters in Amaama to Inazuma are actually growing up and getting older. We start with a widower in his late 20s with his daughter (named Tsumugi) age around 3 or 4 years old and by the end of the story, we catch a glimpse of their future life when the child is about junior or senior high school age. I just love the kind of story with aging characters! As for the plot itself, it's slice-of-life through and through. It basically just tells about their daily life, what food they cook and eats, and the menial problems they face day by day. That's why it's good because it's such an easy reads. But the best part of course is Tsumugi's antics and the food, aaaah the food! They even come up with the complete recipes that we actually can copy to cook at home. Amaama to Inazuma also has been adapted as an anime. That's how I know Tsumugi is so cute because her voice and speaking manner in the anime is super adorable. I'm actually really sad when I read the last volume. Do you know the feeling of familiarity towards a fiction character that ends up giving you massive separation anxiety? Yeah, that's the one. So, all in all... if you feel like needed a reading that feels like a warm bowl of homemade chicken soup, read this manga. You'll love it very much.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shay Vande

    This is a manga series I've been wanting to try for a year or so, now. It's a cute day-in-the-life series about a widowed father who wants to do better raising his daughter by learning how to make more home-cooked meals for her. Loving father and cute little girl? That's all I needed to want to read this. The fun surprise I got upon actually reading this is that each chapter he's learning how to make a new different recipe, and the manga INCLUDES THE REAL RECIPE at the end of each chapter, with h This is a manga series I've been wanting to try for a year or so, now. It's a cute day-in-the-life series about a widowed father who wants to do better raising his daughter by learning how to make more home-cooked meals for her. Loving father and cute little girl? That's all I needed to want to read this. The fun surprise I got upon actually reading this is that each chapter he's learning how to make a new different recipe, and the manga INCLUDES THE REAL RECIPE at the end of each chapter, with helpful tips and tricks. I've already learned a thing or two.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victoria ♡

    Super wholesome, super adorable!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    This is really sweet and the little girl is adorable and cute. The father is a recent widower and has started to learn to cook instead of buying Bento boxes for every meal for his daughter. The man is a teacher and he meets a student of his whose mother owns a restaurant. Kotori is always alone because her mother is a celebrity chef and always away, she and the teacher join forces in learning to cook. A really sweet story as I said and each chapter ends with the recipe of one item they made that This is really sweet and the little girl is adorable and cute. The father is a recent widower and has started to learn to cook instead of buying Bento boxes for every meal for his daughter. The man is a teacher and he meets a student of his whose mother owns a restaurant. Kotori is always alone because her mother is a celebrity chef and always away, she and the teacher join forces in learning to cook. A really sweet story as I said and each chapter ends with the recipe of one item they made that chapter. I'm just a little uneasy as to how the relationship between the teacher and student will develop. She could possibly look to him as a father figure (I hope) but the ending suggests she might be having inappropriate feelings towards her teacher. I hope the story doesn't go that route. We'll see.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    After watching the first four episodes of the anime adaptation, I was hooked. My love of food-based manga is well known and documented, so this was a natural gravitation. It didn't hurt that Kohei and Tsumugi remind me of another favourite series, Yotsuba&!. Where Yotsuba is more comical and focused on the young main character, Sweetness & Lightning's focus is on the struggling single parent trying to do right by his child and the lonely student who offers to help him practice his cooking skills After watching the first four episodes of the anime adaptation, I was hooked. My love of food-based manga is well known and documented, so this was a natural gravitation. It didn't hurt that Kohei and Tsumugi remind me of another favourite series, Yotsuba&!. Where Yotsuba is more comical and focused on the young main character, Sweetness & Lightning's focus is on the struggling single parent trying to do right by his child and the lonely student who offers to help him practice his cooking skills. Loving the variety of dishes they make and glad to see they've added some of the recipes to the end of each chapter. Also may have "ruined" a future episode or two of the anime as it does not appear to follow the manga chronologically.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'd been meaning to read this series for quite some time, so when I saw my library had several volumes within their system, I decided to request all they had. I figured it'd be a bit like Yotsuba&! and Kitchen Princess. I've read the first two volumes. Tsumugi was cute, the art was all right, but the plot wasn't enough to make me interested. It has its cute and heartwarming moments, but I'm more so a reader who loves drama and romance driving the story, so perhaps seinen just isn't my thing? I'm I'd been meaning to read this series for quite some time, so when I saw my library had several volumes within their system, I decided to request all they had. I figured it'd be a bit like Yotsuba&! and Kitchen Princess. I've read the first two volumes. Tsumugi was cute, the art was all right, but the plot wasn't enough to make me interested. It has its cute and heartwarming moments, but I'm more so a reader who loves drama and romance driving the story, so perhaps seinen just isn't my thing? I'm sure other readers will enjoy it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    TheYALibrarian

    Such a cute manga I'm so glad not to see guys being pervy and girls being busty there's way too much of that in manga. Such a cute manga I'm so glad not to see guys being pervy and girls being busty there's way too much of that in manga.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    This is so cute! I need to pick up the next volume!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rakiyang

    Dropped it. I just wasn't finding it interesting enough to continue. Dropped it. I just wasn't finding it interesting enough to continue.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    Loved this volume, super cute, can’t wait to see where this story leads :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I'm very new to reading manga, especially manga that doesn't involve magic, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this. I picked it up because I have heard things about the series as both an anime and in book form, but unfortunately it didn't particularly draw me in. So far, having only read the first volume, this series isn't a plot driven one. Instead it has an intense focus on the relationship of the three main characters, Tsumugi, her father Kouhei Inuzuka and his student Kotori Ii I'm very new to reading manga, especially manga that doesn't involve magic, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this. I picked it up because I have heard things about the series as both an anime and in book form, but unfortunately it didn't particularly draw me in. So far, having only read the first volume, this series isn't a plot driven one. Instead it has an intense focus on the relationship of the three main characters, Tsumugi, her father Kouhei Inuzuka and his student Kotori Iida. They are all fairly strong characters with distinct and interesting personalities, but in my case their relationship alone was not enough to completely hold my interest even along with the experiences with cooking that they shared. Tsumugi is cute, sweet, and has other traits typically found in little girl characters. However, she has a bit more depth than I was expecting because she is still processing the loss of her mother. Kouhei Inuzuka, the girl's father, who is also still struggling to deal with her mother's death mostly focuses on doing what is best for his daughter as best as he knows how. This is the part of the reason that the characters fall into cooking together in the first place, because he wants her to be able to eat good food. Their relationship is very realistic as well as cute, Tsumugi is not always perfect and he is a good father to her even when she struggles. For this alone, I may continue reading the series. However, I was not as fond of the third character Kotori. She is also a realistic character, dealing with several struggles but she felt much less unique and next to the father daughter relationship I found myself much less interested in her story. The author also included recipes at the end of each chapter corresponding with the things the characters cooked which I found to be a very cute and interesting touch. If not for the relationship between the father and daughter, I may have considered reading more of the series just to see how the story lined up with the recipes. With that being said, it's definitely not one of my favorite books even if the characters are very endearing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ian Coombs

    Sweetness and Lightning is about a single father and his young daughter. One day after a long time of T.V dinners the child decides that she wants to go to a restaurant. Afterwards she decides that she likes real food much better and wants to go to that restaurant a lot. The chef at the restaurant offers to teach the father how to cook, and the father agrees. It is a cute book that is very fun and nice to read. I think the theme is that people should put their families first. Really everything in Sweetness and Lightning is about a single father and his young daughter. One day after a long time of T.V dinners the child decides that she wants to go to a restaurant. Afterwards she decides that she likes real food much better and wants to go to that restaurant a lot. The chef at the restaurant offers to teach the father how to cook, and the father agrees. It is a cute book that is very fun and nice to read. I think the theme is that people should put their families first. Really everything in this book is an example of this. The father sacrifices a lot to help his daughter throughout the book, and he cares a lot about her. He learns how to cook purely for her sake despite it being difficult. All the way through the book he is putting his daughter first and helping her a lot. I really liked this book. It was cute, the characters were fun and interesting. It was really sad at times but for the most part it was really good. The story was interesting and I really like the pace that they advanced the story. It was really fun to read and I never got bored of it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    KaitLphere

    Very cute story. The young girl is very high energy and the dad just wants to make her good food. I would love to see more of the characters other than cooking and meal times though. I have no idea if they have other interests or activities (other than work and school). The food and reaction expressions made me want to cook and eat every few panels. I had no idea what half the ingredients were, but found the glossary in the back later on. I might grab the next volume of this, but I will have to b Very cute story. The young girl is very high energy and the dad just wants to make her good food. I would love to see more of the characters other than cooking and meal times though. I have no idea if they have other interests or activities (other than work and school). The food and reaction expressions made me want to cook and eat every few panels. I had no idea what half the ingredients were, but found the glossary in the back later on. I might grab the next volume of this, but I will have to be prepared with some tasty snacks next time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    This manga is just pure sugar. It is syrupy sweet and light and fluffy and man did I need this right now. It's the story of a recent widower and his daughter learning to cook with one of his students. So far, it's heartwarming stories of family, cooking, and eating delicious food. It's comfort food the manga, and just so relaxing to sit back and read. Also included are recipes for the foods they make, so if you want to give it a shot at home, between them cooking in-story and the recipes, you coul This manga is just pure sugar. It is syrupy sweet and light and fluffy and man did I need this right now. It's the story of a recent widower and his daughter learning to cook with one of his students. So far, it's heartwarming stories of family, cooking, and eating delicious food. It's comfort food the manga, and just so relaxing to sit back and read. Also included are recipes for the foods they make, so if you want to give it a shot at home, between them cooking in-story and the recipes, you could probably whip up something pretty close.

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Majandra

    i love this book so much.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia

    This is seriously the cutest most light hearted read I’ve read in a while. I’m so excited for volume 2 to get here today !!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Loop

    Its super cute. And has actual recipes so thats a big plus. i dont really like cooking mangas but its just a nice simole story line of a man wanting to learn to cook for his daughter.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steph | City Loving Southerner

    Loved the book and can’t wait to get into the series! Also all the food is just ugh 🙌🏽

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jinckee

    It’s really cute I am really enjoying this series

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